The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


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15th April, 2018

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This is a continuation from the occasional sermons of Bl. John Henry Newman.

Sermon 21. The Resurrection of the Body

All we are concerned to know is, the effect upon us of partaking this blessed food. Now observe what He tells us about that. "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." [John vi. 53, 54.] Now there is no distinction made here between soul and body. Christ's blessed Supper is food to us altogether, whatever we are, soul, body, and all.

It is the seed of eternal life within us, the food of immortality, to "preserve our body and soul unto everlasting life." [Note 2] The forbidden fruit wrought in Adam unto {275} death; but this is the fruit which makes us live for ever. Bread sustains us in this temporal life; the consecrated bread is the means of eternal strength for soul and body. Who could live this visible life without earthly food? And in the same general way the Supper of the Lord is the "means" of our living for ever.

We have no reason for thinking we shall live for ever unless we eat it, no more than we have reason to think our temporal life will be sustained without meat and drink. God can, indeed, sustain us, "not by bread alone;" but this is His ordinary means, which His will has made such. He can sustain our immortality without the Christian Sacraments, as He sustained Abraham and the other saints of old time; but under the Gospel these are His means, which He appointed at His will.

We eat the sacred bread, and our bodies become sacred; they are not ours; they are Christ's; they are instinct with that flesh which saw not corruption; they are inhabited by His Spirit; they become immortal; they die but to appearance, and for a time; they spring up when their sleep is ended, and reign with Him for ever.

The inference to be drawn from this doctrine is plain. Among the wise men of the heathen, as I have said, it was usual to speak slightingly and contemptuously of the mortal body; they knew no better. They thought it scarcely a part of their real selves, and fancied they should be in a better condition without it. Nay, they considered it to be the cause of their sinning; as if the {276} soul of man were pure, and the material body were gross, and defiled the soul.

We have been taught the truth, viz. that sin is a disease of our minds, of ourselves; and that the whole of us, not body alone, but soul and body, is naturally corrupt, and that Christ has redeemed and cleansed whatever we are, sinful soul and body.

Accordingly their chief hope in death was the notion they should be rid of their body. Feeling they were sinful, and not knowing how, they laid the charge on their body; and knowing they were badly circumstanced here, they thought death perchance might be a change for the better. Not that they rested on the hope of returning to a God and Father, but they thought to be unshackled from the earth, and able to do what they would. It was consistent with this slighting of their earthly tabernacle, that they burned the dead bodies of their friends, not burying them as we do, but consuming them as a mere worthless case of what had been precious, and was then an incumbrance to the ground.

Far different is the temper which the glorious light of the Gospel teaches us. Our bodies shall rise again and live for ever; they may not be irreverently handled. How they will rise we know not; but surely if the word of Scripture be true, the body from which the soul has departed shall come to life. There are some truths addressed solely to our faith, not to our reason; not to our reason, because we know so little about "the power of God" (in our Saviour's words), that we have nothing to reason upon. One of these, for instance, is the presence of Christ in the Sacrament. We know we eat His Body and Blood; but it is our {277} wisdom not curiously to ask how or whence, not to give our thoughts range, but to take and eat and profit thereby. This is the secret of gaining the blessing promised. And so, as regards the resurrection of the dead, we have no means or ground of argument. We cannot determine in what exact sense our bodies on the resurrection will be the same as they are at present, but we cannot harm ourselves by taking God's declaration simply, and acting upon it.

And it is as believing this comfortable truth, that the Christian Church put aside that old irreverence of the funeral pile, and consecrated the ground for the reception of the saints that sleep. We deposit our departed friends calmly and thoughtfully, in faith; not ceasing to love or remember that which once lived among us, but marking the place where it lies, as believing that God has set His seal upon it, and His Angels guard it. His Angels, surely, guard the bodies of His servants; Michael the Archangel, thinking it no unworthy task to preserve them from the powers of evil [Note 3]. Especially those like Moses, who fall "in the wilderness of the people," whose duty has called them to danger and suffering, and who die a violent death, these too, if they have eaten of that incorruptible bread, are preserved safe till the last day. There are, who have not the comfort of a peaceful burial. They die in battle, or on the sea, or in strange lands, or, as the early believers, under the hands of persecutors. Horrible tortures, or the mouths of wild beasts, have ere now {278} dishonoured the sacred bodies of those who had fed upon Christ; and diseases corrupt them still. This is Satan's work, the expiring efforts of his fury, after his overthrow by Christ.


Still, as far as we can, we repair these insults of our Enemy, and tend honourably and piously those tabernacles in which Christ has dwelt. And in this view, what a venerable and fearful place is a Church, in and around which the dead are deposited! Truly it is chiefly sacred, as being the spot where God has for ages manifested Himself to His servants; but add to this the thought, that it is the actual resting-place of those very servants, through successive times, who still live unto Him. The dust around us will one day become animate. We may ourselves be dead long before, and not see it. We ourselves may elsewhere be buried, and, should it be our exceeding blessedness to rise to life eternal, we may rise in other places, far in the east or west. But, as God's word is sure, what is sown is raised; the earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, shall become glory to glory, and life to the living God, and a true incorruptible image of the spirit made perfect. Here the saints sleep, here they shall rise.

….to be continued next week……

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Fr Tattersall is on annual leave from 4th April – 5th May. Please contact Fr Marshall in relation to any Parish matter during that time. Please note the reduced weekday Mass timetable for April.

Please note that there is no Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday.

Paschal Water is available in the vestibule for collection. Please be mindful of the needs of others, and only take a small amount per family.

Catechesis (for children and adults) resumes Saturday, 14th April, at 11 am

Parishioners are invited to a movie fundraiser for the Australian Family Association. The movie is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”, the story of a young journalist from London who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. She learns of the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Guernsey. It is a timely reminder when our religious freedom and freedom of belief are threatened by the consequences of the amendment of the Marriage Act. The Australian Family Association campaigns for family, respect for life from conception to natural death and parental rights to protect and nurture their children without undue state interference. All funds raised will go towards the work of the Association. Date: Sunday, 22 April 2018 Time: 4pm Venue: Palace Bay Cinema, 294 Bay Street, Brighton.Tickets:/ $30 (includes coffee/tea and cake after the movie) 
To book: go to www.trybooking.com/UMMD or call/text Maria on 0438 088 681 or marialusby4@gmail.com.

Those parents interested in our school project, and who have children who will be eligible for school in 2019 from Prep to Year 9, are asked to contact us as a matter of urgency. Please visit the dedicated website for information and to contact us: newmanacademy.org.au

Newman Fellowship – Saturday, 21 April: the Newman Fellowship for young adults will next meet on Saturday, 21st of April, at 4 pm. Confessions will be heard from 3.30 pm in the Church, while tea and coffee will be served in Maryvale from that time. Please contact Stephen Jury for further details and to RSVP: sjury07@gmail.com.

Jubilee year of St Aloysius! The Supreme Pontiff has announced a Jubilee Year in honour of St Aloysius Gonzaga, beginning on 9th March this year (the 450th anniversary of the Saint’s birth). A plenary indulgence may be obtained during the Jubilee on the usual conditions, by those who make a pilgrimage to any Church that is under the patronage of St Aloysius, and there attend the Sacred Rites (eg Holy Mass, Office) or make any pious exercise, and conclude with the Lord’s prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, and the invocation of Our Lady, St Ignatius of Loyola, and St Aloysius.

Cardinal Burke visit & Confirmations: We are honoured that His Eminence, Raymond, Cardinal Burke, will visit our Parish again this year. With the approval of His Grace, Archbishop Hart, His Eminence will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation before Solemn Pontifical Mass at St Aloysius’ Church on Sunday, 14th Oct, 2018. Those wishing to be confirmed, or to have their children confirmed this year, are asked to register with the Parish Secretary by email.

Easter offering envelopes are now available. These are for the support of the priests who serve the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman. The envelopes may be placed in either collection over the next few weeks. Thank you for your generosity.


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